Journey To Osm – The Blue Unicorn’s Tale

There are so many wonderful fantasy books to choose from that it’s really quite hard to sort the wheat from the chaff, but Sybrina Durant has created something truly original.
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Book Description:

No Metal Means No Magic in the magical metal-horned unicorn tribe.

 Can a unicorn with neither  manage to save his tribe from extinction? 

 If you enjoyed reading Lord of the Rings, Alice In Wonderland or even Watership Downs, you might just love this purely fanciful unicorn fantasy about a tribe of unicorns stranded a universe away from their home world of Unimaise. It is full of magic, adventure and sciencey stuff plus a little bit of love and war.

Facing extinction, the Metal-Horned Unicorns of MarBryn are desperate for hope. Any hope. . .So when the Oracle reveals the prophecy promising just that, the remaining members of the tribe pin their future on the birth of a young foal. Hope becomes despair when the baby unicorn is born without metal. . .because without metal there is no magic. And without magic, this little blue newborn has no chance to defeat the evil sorcerer that has imprisoned all of MarBryn. Magh’s rule proves both harsh and brutal and by the time Blue comes of age there are only twelve metal-horns left in all of MarBryn. Eleven can claim some form of metal based magic. . .but one must get by on sheer grit, will, and the desire to avenge his parents untimely deaths. Like most of the metal-horns, Blue disregards the prophecy as nonsense, but driven by his insecurities, he covertly trains for a fight he’s ill-equipped to win.And then hope comes back around for Blue…and for the Metal Horn Unicorns of MarBryn. But can a unicorn with no metal … no magic … answer the call of fate?

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Here’s what others have had to say about it”

REVIEW QUOTES

“There are so many wonderful fantasy books to choose from that it’s really quite hard to sort the wheat from the chaff, but Sybrina Durant has created something truly original.”

 

“Durant brings wit and a compelling level of suspense that makes for an absorbing narrative, but it’s the depth she brings to her characters that makes Journey To Osm such a special read.”

 

“The first thing that I absolutely loved about this tale was the prophecy-gone-wrong concept at its very beginning. Throughout the book,author Sybrina Durant subverts the norms of this kind of high fantasy,breaking many tropes, but then bringing in others to surprise you at just the right moment.” 

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Written by Sybrina Durant, Journey to Osm: The Blue Unicorn’s Tale is wonderful YA fantasy book. In the land of MarBryn, the unicorns have a simple division of power. If you have no metal in your horn, it means you have no magic. When Blue is born, his tribe believes he is their savior due to a prophecy by the oracle, but when he is born with no metal in his horn, his tribe despairs. Blue grows up understanding this and works every day to train to be the best fighter in the tribe, magic or not. His will and courage might just have to be enough to free the unicorns from the evil sorcerer Magh before they are all extinct. I really enjoyed reading about Blue’s journey. Blue is an incredibly strong character. He was raised with the knowledge that he was supposed to be the hero of his people but had already failed their expectations from the moment he was born. Despite this, Blue maintains a level of courage and determination that makes him an incredibly compelling character to follow. Besides Blue, this book also has a lot of other great characters that are all interesting and well-developed. I appreciated the level of individuality that Durant puts in each character she creates, from the way they look. Their personality, and most interesting to me, how they cope with the dangerous situation they are in. I found this book to be very well-written and it kept me engaged in the story from beginning to end. This is a truly wonderful YA fantasy book, and I would highly recommend it to readers of the genre. Fun, exciting, and full of adventure, this book is a very enjoyable read. I would definitely suggest checking this book out and look forward to seeing more from this author.

-- Breanna A.

This book is a wonderful, fantastical journey of one small unicorn with one big destiny. Journey to Osm: The Blue Unicorn’s Tale is by author Sybrina Durant. A fantasy filled adventure; this book follows young unicorn Blue as he struggles to save his tribe from extinction. Blue is part of the MarBryn tribe of Metal-Horned unicorns. To have metal is to have magic but unfortunately for Blue, he is born without. This means he must strive to use his own inner strength, courage, and conviction to rise to the challenge and save his people. An exciting adventure, this book is the unicorn fantasy novel I have been waiting for. The way that Durant tackled the creation of her unicorns was one of my favorite aspects of this book. In most fantasy stories that have unicorns in them, we get a lot of silent, pure, perfect creatures. Durant chose to take a new direction and really focused in on how these creatures could have their own world, political system, and how their magic works. Tying their magic to the metal in their horns was a nice touch that I thought was really cool. I especially appreciated all of this because of how rare unicorns do appear in a central position in fantasy. This book reminded me a lot of the Unicorns of Balinor series because I think that was the last time that I found a good Unicorn fantasy series, which were published in 1999 through 2000. I was captivated by this book from beginning to end. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes YA fantasy adventure books but especially to anyone, who like me, has been searching for more great unicorn content. I loved reading this book because it was just a lot of fun. I will definitely be on the lookout for more from this author.

-- Gina Sartirana

About the Author ▸ Sybrina Durant

Make sure to check out the Unicorn Reader tee shirt collection based on the Blue Unicorn books. My latest book is “Journey To Osm – The Blue Unicorn’s Tale”. It is the full length novel version of “The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm Illustrated Book”. “Journey To Osm – The Blue Unicorn’s Tale” is an epic fantasy along the lines of novels written by Tolkien, Piers Anthony, Ursula K. Le Guin and other amazing fantasy writers. This story is available as an Illustrated Book for teens and older readers in full color and there’s a black and white version, too. Those books were edited by Kimberly Avery. The black and white version is a “Read and Color” book. Read a chapter, then color the following pages. How fun is that? There is also a picture book for pre-schoolers called Unicorns From Unimaise – The Magical Metal-Horn Tribe. All of the fantastic fantasy illustrations are by Dasguptarts and it was edited by Marissa Elliott. There is also a companion coloring/character description book, edited by Calyie Martin. It will introduce potential readers to the myriad of characters, places and things in the story. Look for the companion glossary called, The Marbryn Compendium in the very near future. ——————————————————— Hi! I’m Sybrina. . .. . .Just one of millions of wannabe author/singer/songwriters out there but I hope, after reading or hearing my books and songs, you’ll think my contributions to the world have as much value as any other famous artist out there today. Fame is all in being in the right place at the right time but at least with the internet and venues like this, all of us have opportunities to share our creativity with the world. I’m so happy that I am able to share my works with you. That is awesome! The books I’ve written span a wide range between illustrated picture books, coloring books and YA novels to technical and how-to books. If you’re so inclined you can read a little bit about the inspiration for each one below. Enjoy! ——————————————————– Once upon a time I wanted to be a writer more than anything in the world. I could tell stories with the best of them, so I just knew I could write well, too. Funny thing about writing, though…it’s nothing like telling a story. I bet you’ve noticed that, too. I’d even go as far as to bet there have been times…plenty of them, when you’ve been writing along just fine, then suddenly, you hit a brick wall over how to describe the simplest thing. 25 years ago, there wasn’t anything much available other than Webster’s Dictionary or Roget’s Thesaurus and a couple of synonym and antonym books. So, I decided I’d start to put together what I was looking for, myself. Those were the prehistoric days, before p.c.’s. Each bit of information I gathered was tediously placed behind index tabs in spiral notebooks…lots of notebooks and tons of tabs. It very quickly became a monstrous task. When I got my first computer, with Word Perfect’s word “search and replace” features, I felt like I’d finally arrived in the 20th century but the best was yet to come. Word for Windows made cross-referencing all those phrases to all of their relevant categories a breeze. After that came html format, which which worked great for Microsoft user but Apple computers couldn’t open them. In the early 2000’s, I was able to create a fully linked version in PDF, which I called Sybrina’s Phrase Thesaurus Tool. Wouldn’t you know it, Ebooks couldn’t format links properly until recently so I couldn’t really make it available to the general public in it’s linked form. Finally, Epub files came along and have allowed me to share a modified version of Sybrina’s Phrase Thesaurus “Tool” with everyone. It works just like my original concept…find the category you’re interested and just click to jump to it. Read all the phrases in a category to get your creative juices flowing. Overcoming writer’s block has never been easier. Visit http://www.phrasethesaurus.com to find where to get the epubs. ————————————————— You may have gotten to this page because of your interest in “Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit and the Fox”. Believe it or not, I actually started writing that little story in 1989! My children and I were shopping for a tie for my husband to wear to a very important “white collar” job interview. He was always a “blue collar” worker thus having very little opportunity to wear a tie. Consequently, at the age of 32, he was unsure as to how to go about tying the “dang thing” properly. Laughingly, I mentioned to the salesman that my husband was going to have to call his father to get instructions over the telephone. At that point, the very pleasant young man whisked the tie, which he had helped select, off the counter and draped it around his neck. The kids and I couldn’t help giggling as the effect was rather humorous considering he was already wearing a suit and tie. “Let me tell you a little story that is so simple even a child can remember it,” he exclaimed and proceeded to tell us about a little rabbit who was being chased by a fox. The whole while he moved the tie through the sequence of events as they occurred. The story went like this, all inclusive, “There once was a little rabbit being chased by a fox. The fox chased him around a tree once. Then, they ran around it again. Then, the rabbit ran under a bush. Next, he jumped over a log. Then, he jumped into a hole and was safe.” By the time the rabbit was safely away from the fox, the tie was completely tied with a beautiful knot. My children and I were delighted and couldn’t wait to get home to show their dad what we had learned. Sure enough, we remembered the steps of the rabbit’s flight from the fox and related them to him. Within moments, he had tied a knot in his new tie that looked like it had been accomplished by an expert. To make a long story short, he went on the interview looking like a true professional and got the job! I’ve always wanted to share this story with the world and originally created the attached animated instructional song video, which is also available on Youtube. But what I really wanted to create was a family activity picture book where all participants could practice the steps of tying the tie with the rabbit and the fox as they read the book together. And so, with the help of a fantastic illustrator named Donna Marie Naval, this little picture book was finally born and is now available in Kindle format and in print, right here on Amazon in English, Spanish and Tagalog! —————————————————————————– Maybe you’re here because of Yarashell Abbily and Her Very Messy Room. Who doesn’t know a messy little three year old? Getting them to clean their rooms can be quite an ordeal at times. Yarashell Abbily is one of those little girls, whose room looks like quite a mess to her Mommy and Daddy. But to Yarashell it doesn’t look messy…in her imagination it is a wonderland. But rooms do have to be cleaned. Luckily Daddy, knows just how to get Yarashell in the mood for cleaning. Read this book with your child today. With it’s sing-song verse, it is a fun family read. Here’s a little back story for the book—I have seven grand children. Four of them are sweet little girls. This story was inspired when I asked one of them, who was three years old at the time, “What is your very favorite thing in the world to do?” She looked up smiling and said with great enthusiasm, “I like to mess up my room!”. That immediately inspired a song (which is available with that name on Amazon) and is on the book trailer video on Youtube. A couple of years later, this book, “Yarashell Abbily and Her Very Messy Room” illustrated with adorable, nearly anime-like pictures by Sara Wilson came along. Note:Yarashell Abbily is a composite name for those 4 little girls – Yara, Michelle, Abbey and Emily. Enjoy! —————————————————————————— “1, 2, 3 Count With Me: Fun With Numbers and Animals” came about because I wanted a book to compliment the song I had already written to include on my youtube channel of counting books. I was lucky enough to find the most incredible illustrator. I absolutely love the delightful cuddly animals and adorable children drawn by Parbbonni and I know you will, too. I plan to do another book with her for learning the alphabet soon. —————————————————————————— “Help Yourself” came into being because I found myself doing a lot of work on behalf of other authors helping them get their books out before the public. In fact, a search on my name will bring up many other books that I published and edited. Those books are not listed on my author page but they are written by Sandi Johnson, Britt Brundige, Gina Rose, Robert Wiltshire, and Leona Rice. In the book, “Help Yourself”, I included all of the knowledge I have gather in the past few years of self-publishing to share with anyone else who might be interested in self-publishing their own books. A special thanks to Christie Eilers for helping me edit this book.